After nearly two years, Uganda will reopen its schools in JanuaryMany teachers have taken on other jobs to help support their families while their careers have been put on hold.
"Be informed that the schools will be opened in January and the rest of the economy will be opened in the same month," Yoweri Museveni said.
"Vaccination is key to the reopening of the economy," he said, despite the fact that fewer than three million vaccines have been administered to a population of approximately 45 million people.
Museveni urged Ugandans to "walk to the health centres or be carried there... go by motorcycle taxi, go by bicycle or go by vehicle and be immunised."
"Even if you don’t come out for vaccination, we will open the schools and the economy," he promised."If anything goes wrong, the moral responsibility is yours."
Some have told AFP that they do not intend to return to the classroom because they are concerned about making a living in an environment where many schools are heavily in debt. Several establishments have been converted into hotels or restaurants.